|Elizabeth Smart giving her keynote address.|
During the luncheon, Elizabeth Smart shared her touching story of overcoming an unthinkable tragedy and finally experiencing healing. In 2002, she was kidnapped from her home while her parents slept. The entire country was searching for this 14 year-old girl, and her hometown of Salt Lake City was covered with fliers in hopes that someone had information that would help bring her home.
Thankfully, Elizabeth was rescued by police in 2003 after having been held hostage for nine months. The nation rejoiced as she returned home to her family.
We were honored Elizabeth was able to join us, and we even discovered an unexpected connection between Elizabeth and The Salvation Army.
Major Carl Earp, commanding officer of the Dallas Adult Rehabilitation Center was actually in Salt Lake City during the search for Elizabeth and picked up one of the many fliers around town. In a touching moment just before the luncheon began, Major Earp showed Elizabeth the flier he kept for so many years as a reminder of God’s faithfulness.
As Elizabeth shared her powerful story, the audience was moved as she described a night during her captivity when she and her captors actually turned to The Salvation Army to find a hot meal.
Her story served as a wonderful reminder that we never know whose lives we’re touching. Even as we held the luncheon, the homeless and hurting throughout the DFW Metroplex were finding comfort in our centers.
We truly offer our deepest thanks to those who attended and made this event such a success. You are doing the most good for our community!